Police in the Austrian capital of Vienna launched a manhunt Monday evening after a synagogue in the city was attacked by one or more gunmen.
Update 2135 GMT — Ambulance service, police confirm fatalities
That there are multiple dead in Vienna tonight has been confirmed for the first time, reports Kurier, by the Viennese ambulance service who said there were “several dead and injured”. The service could not be more specific than that, they said, as “we are still in the process of getting an overview.”
Vienna’s police have also now confirmed some facts, including that there are now six separate “crime scenes” in the city, although whether that means six individual attacks it unclear. Nevertheless, the force also confirmed there are “several” suspects armed with rifles and that one person had died.
CONFIRMED at the moment:
*08:00 pm: several shots fired, beginning at Seitenstettengasse
*several suspects armed with rifles
*six different shooting locations
* one deceaced person, several injured (1 officer included)
*1 suspect shot and killed by police officers #0211w
— POLIZEI WIEN (@LPDWien) November 2, 2020
Update 2100 GMT — Austrian interior minister speaks of a terror attack
Austria’s national public service broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) reports the remarks of the nation’s interior minister Karl Nehammer, who has said the police are treating today’s incident as a terrorist attack with several perpetrators. Further details from the interior minister are that one attacker is dead, one has been arrested, and one police officer was been shot with a rifle.
— Kronen Zeitung (@krone_at) November 2, 2020
Still no official confirmation on claimed fatalities, nor on claims swirling — and reported by several Austrian newspapers — that the attack is, in fact, still ongoing. Kronen Zeitung reports that hostages have been taken in the city, potentially confirming that this is not an unsophisticated lone-wolf type attack, but could be a more complex Mumbai-style attack.
Meanwhile, Israel’s Channel 20 claims to ahve exclusive footage of the attack from security cameras.
— ערוץ 20 (@arutz20) November 2, 2020
Update 2040 GMT — Images from Vienna, reports of seven deaths
An Austrian newspaper is reporting fatalities for the first time, with national newspaper Kurier stating as many as seven, including a police officer, may have been killed tonight. In addition, the paper claims, there are four others seriously injured. No motive is yet known for Monday’s attack, but it is claimed the synagogue the shooting took place outside was not open at the time. COnsequently, it is not exactly clear whether the synagogue was the target of the attack.
Head of the Jewish community in Vienna says the shooting took place in the street where the city's main synagogue is located but it is not clear whether the place of worship was the target
— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) November 2, 2020
Photography service Getty Images has several images of the police operation underway in downtown Vienna. Kronen Zeitung reports an eyewitness who stated “at least 50” shots were fired. Furthermore, the newspaper claims, there may be several perpetrators on the run still.
Update 2030 GMT — ‘several injured’, police order residents indoors
Police have confirmed there are several injured tonight in Vienna. Meanwhile, Israeli public broadcaster journalist Amichai Stein has shared footage alleging to show one of the attackers — out of a claimed three — running and shooting with a long gun.
3 suspects are said to have been involved in the attacks in Vienna https://t.co/WvViy6nR0T
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) November 2, 2020
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Officers responded to an attack on a synagogue on the Seitenstettengasse in Vienna’s downtown first district Monday night. Best-selling Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung reports an officer who had been guarding the synagogue — common practice in European cities where antisemitism is on the rise — had been shot and is in critical condition.
Several Austrian newspapers also state that an assailant blew himself up at the scene of the attack, and others may be at large, although city police have not yet confirmed details beyond that a major incident operation is underway, shots had been fired, and there were injured people at the scene.
A social media video circulating and shared by Austrian mainstream media — confirmed to show Vienna’s Schwedenplatz by Breitbart London — shows police vehicles while gunshots can be heard in the background.
— The Jewish Voice (@JewishVoice) November 2, 2020
VIDEO: Latest emerging from Vienna. Reports, unconfirmed of attacks on multiple locations, at least one person killed and a manhunt to find multiple attackers pic.twitter.com/BB64c0qllN
— Darren McCaffrey (@DarrenEuronews) November 2, 2020
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